Inkscape drawings are stored in SVG files. Upon starting,
Inkscape normally creates a new blank drawing. The parameters
used for this drawing can be changed by altering the file
the section called “Custom Templates” in
Chapter 24, Customization. You can also add your own
templates to the template directory.
Depending on how your operating system is set up, a preexisting Inkscape drawing may be opened by clicking on the drawing's icon or by giving the drawing's filename as a command-line argument. Drawings in other formats may be opened the same way if Inkscape supports the format (see next section).
The following commands for working with files are found under the File menu:
→ : Create a new drawing after Inkscape has been started. The submenu allows you to choose between various sized drawings. Inkscape will automatically give your new drawing a temporary name. The keyboard shortcut Ctrl+N will open a new file with the default size (template), as will clicking on the icon in the Command Bar.
The drawing (page) size can be changed at anytime by going to the Page tab of the Document Properties dialog. You can choose a predefined Page size such as A4 or US Letter, or you can set a custom size. The Resize page to content... option allows you to automatically set the size of the drawing to the bounding box of the drawing or a selection within the drawing, and with or without margins. (Margin option added in v0.48.)
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→ (Ctrl+O): Open an existing file. Multiple files can be opened at the same time by using Shift+Left Mouse Click to select more than one file from the file opening dialog. This command can also be used to create a new Inkscape drawing from a file with a non-Inkscape format. The file types that can be opened are the same as those listed in the Importing Files section below.
The Open dialog includes a folder of Inkscape example drawings under the name examples.
→ : Open a recently used file. Choose file from list in submenu. The Recent menu list may include system-wide recently used files. This list can be cleared in the Interface section of the Inkscape Preferences dialog. As of v0.48, hovering over a filename will show the entire path to the file.
The Save As dialog includes a folder for Inkscape
templates under the name templates. Saving
a drawing with the name
default.svg in this
directory will replace the default template (the file opened
is used). Saving in this directory under a different name will
add the file as a template under the new name in the
An option under the Save tab of the Inkscape Preferences dialog allows one to choose between opening the Save As dialog with the directory set to the same directory as that for the current open document or to the last directory where a file was saved using the dialog.
Inkscape will autosave backups if desired. The feature can be toggled on in the Autosave section of the Inkscape Preferences dialog. The interval between saves, the maximum of saves to keep, and the directory where the saves are placed can also be set here.
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